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Week In The News: Supreme Court, Immigration Reform, Obama In Africa

With Anthony Brooks in for Tom Asbhrook

Gay marriage and more at the High Court. President Obama to Africa. A Cold War over Edward Snowden. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

"Equal justice under law," reads the text on the facade of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Mike Renlund/Flickr)

“Equal justice under law,” reads the text on the facade of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Mike Renlund/Flickr)

In the news this week: The Senate passes major immigration reform, but House Republicans call it dead on arrival.

Also, major Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, voting rights and affirmative action.

President Obama pushes a big plan to cut greenhouse gasses.

NFL star Erin Hernandez charged with murder, Paula Dean with racism.

A filibustering Texas lawmaker talks for 11 straight hours.

And Nelson Mandela clings to life.

This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Guests

Gerald Seib, Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, where he writes their Capital Journal column. (@GeraldFSeib)

William McKenzie, editorial columnist for The Dallas Morning News. (@Bill_McKenzie)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst.

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Slate: Supreme Court 2013: The Year In Review

The Associated Press: Obama: No Wheeling Or Dealing To Extradite Snowden — “Obama said the damage to U.S. national security has already been done and his top focus now is making sure it can’t happen again.”

NPR: Obama’s Climate Strategy Doesn’t Require Congressional Approval — “President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan Tuesday designed to deal with climate change. For the first time, carbon emissions from power plants would be regulated. The policy, which can be implemented by the administration without congressional approval, calls for a broad range of actions, including steps to deal with extreme weather events that are already occurring.”

The New York Times: Mandela’s Illness Weighs On Obama’s Africa Trip — “Mr. Mandela has long been a beacon for Mr. Obama, who recounted again on Thursday how the revolution unleashed by Mr. Mandela a world away had inspired his own activisim. Friends of Mr. Obama say that for him and many of his contemporaries, the fight against apartheid was the equivalent of the civil rights movement of an earlier generation.”

WBUR: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — “The indictment charges the 19-year-old with using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death, among other charges.”

 

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